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Today's Letters: Discipline starts with parents

Published April 12, 2007


Lack of discipline is major problem, April 10 letter

The letter spelled out the whole problem in the schools - lack of respect from some students. Therefore teachers must take all the time and frustration to get a class in order just to try to teach a subject,

My two daughters are very well behaved. They always tell us how their day went. Mostly, we hear how someone disrupted a class and then the teacher had to stop and focus on that behavior issue.

Also, if the teacher did something to get control of the class they get these parents calling the school because their child was reprimanded in class, or worse, ask why the child is failing.

Parents need to wake up and be parents, not buddies to their children who ignore bad behavior. These kids are going to get the lowest of jobs soon and never get the social education they need.

My children went to the Language Academy the last two years and it was always loud and out of control in class. We know, we went often and my kids started to hate school. They like Gulf Middle, but there are still some, but a lot less, behavior issues there.

There needs to be more strict rules in school that lead to expelled kids. Make it harder on the parents and maybe the kids will learn. Then the good ones can take a breath and say, "Thank goodness. Now we can enjoy school."

Walter Van Petegham, Port Richey

Residents can't afford impact fees

The proposed impact fee of $8,000 for a typical home affects not only new development but everyone in Pasco County dreams of owning a home or upgrading a home as we raise a family.

These fees will make the great American dream unreachable for more than 60 percent of the residents in Pasco County.

The total impact fees would be about $16,000, with school impact fees poised to increase another $7,000, would require a new home owner to come up with an additional $23,000.

The study used to justify the fees is grossly flawed. The cost per lane mile includes non-capacity cost illegally assessed upon new home owners. The county claims that the road costs have increased by 300 percent in two years when the state and the county's own annual construction inflation index is only 3 percent per year. The study and ordinance would not survive a legal challenge because it fails the proportionality principle established by Florida case law (see Dunedin).

The fee should be increased to a level supported by recent and localized data, as prescribed by Florida law (FS 163.31801), which is $4,500 per single family dwelling unit. To reach this level the Board should adopt the fees at 50 percent of the recommendations of the county consultant.

Kirk Sorenson, Ph.D., Stuart

The writer is a consultant retained by the Pasco Building Association.

We, the people, need the relief

What a farce. Tuesday, I watched the county commissioners intently listening to paid representatives of the well-heeled development community for more than three hours.

They prognosticated that the world as we know it would come to an end if developers were forced to pay for the increased demands their developments cause to Pasco's roadways through higher impact fees.

Perhaps if our elected officials spent more time here in the county and less time hobnobbing with Pasco's well-compensated lobbyists in Tallahassee, they might realize how desperate the situation truly has become for the average resident of this county.

Unfortunately, the population doesn't have an army of suits with titles to make our case that the people are in no shape to provide more via increased fees and taxes to fill the troughs for a fat development community.

Maybe if copies of every bankruptcy petition, foreclosure notice and triple digit insurance increase we have suffered were automatically forwarded to the commissioners, they might wake up to see who truly needs relief from increasing costs in this county.

I hope the commissioners did not read anything into the fact that no one lined up to speak to the issue in Dade City. I suspect that once the people realize that the developers were hoping to sneak in a 5 cent gas tax increase and additional property taxes dedicated solely to save builders from covering the costs of their developments, that you will have a full house at the April 24 meeting in New Port Richey.

But even if no one appears, I'll give you 10 to 1 odds that any commissioner who votes for either the 5 cent increase in gas tax or the additional 1 mil of property tax to further increase the developer's fortunes will be history after their current term expires and will join ex-commissioner Steve Simon dreaming of the good old days and missing their $80,000-a-year part-time jobs.

Steve Byle, Leisure Beach

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